Description

This system is a cute little HTPC/Light gaming machine.

The system started a long while back before the Skylake release and only now I have I found the time to complete this build.

This build will be mainly used to play games like Factorio, Starbound, The Binding of Isaac, and many more light games along with emulators.

CPU

The CPU I chose for this build is the Pentium G3258, with its two cores it definitely has enough horsepower to handle 4k video playback and some indie games.

Motherboard

The motherboard I chose is the MSI H81I Mini ITX. This choice was a no brainer as the price of the motherboard at the time was only around $45~ with the deal I found on amazon.

System Memory

The kit I chose was actually from an old system I had back when I was younger. I had an Alienware x51 (yes go ahead and roast me I bought a prebuilt xP) it did me well until it was time to make an upgrade. Either way the Alienware's death breathed life into a new system.

Storage

The storage configuration I went with is pretty standard, a 120 Sandisk SSD and a classic WD Caviar Blue for the main storage.

Video Card

The 1050ti is amazing video card, way more than capable to handle the gaming load while providing an excellent 60fps experience in titles like Portal 2 and CSGO.

Case

The Silverstone Sugo SG13B-Q is a great building experience for a Mini ITX case. The front fan mount allows the system to have great airflow and the provided rubber mounts help to keep the noise down. Overall this is a great case and I would recommend it to anybody looking to build in an ITX form factor.

Part Reviews

Video Card

This card is surprisingly badass.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice little budget HTPC. Appropriate combination of GPU/CPU. Also +1 for the G3258. I will continue to sing that CPU's praise until it is no longer available.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

An overclockable i3 would be nicer though

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh, most people that buy i3s rarely overclock them, and the G3258 is unlocked and people have managed to get it stable around 4.4 and higher on most occasions. Its pretty much a buffed version of the i3 3250 but without hyperthreading. Ive got 3 of them in different always-on PCs in my home and they are wonderful, especially for a budget OC on a B or H chipset mobo.

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for mini ITX! Too bad you don't get to chill...

  • 37 months ago
  • 6 points

I do get to chill, just not when we are watching Netflix :P

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little build, should work just fine as a HTPC. Hope you enjoy!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I use my $700 gaming pc to watch videos on youtube and movies on netflix lol.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly data limits I am only reserved to gaming

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Hopefully someday in the future data limits will be illegal, I hate to see another gamer restricted like this.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

For your usage cases, that's a sweet PC :) interesting to see these 1050 Ti's starting to be used more, it's a great budget card

+1, love this HTPC

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little open air pc.

Thumbs up.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cute little budget build! Love the Mini ITX! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Only Netflix? What about Mia?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

reads title

"yes"

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend went with the 3258 and a Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti overclocked edition and it works awesome. The OC edition has 2 fans, that's how it apart from the Mini

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi ..i am new to all of this .. i want to know if this build can handle 1080 p gaming? And is this build future proof?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It can handle light 1080p gaming, but i would recommend using either a newer Pentium or an an i3.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thats funny xD I have an SSD in it but i forgot to include it in the list, thanks for reminding me.

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